Erotic Atheism

"The desire for God is written in the human heart" (CCC 27) but knowledge of God isn't written in the human head. There are "converging and convincing arguments" (CCC 28) for the existence of God, but the Church roots their efficacy in a prior desire for the divine. She says, with Augustine, "I loved thee before I knew thee."  As infants, we do not know the mother we are born to. She is food, drink, shelter, warmth, safety, affection, comfort, touch. She is the fulfillment of our needs. She i … [Read more...]

The Supreme Validity of the Church Lady

I know that the old ladies forever praying rosaries at the back of the Church don't really live in the sacristy. I know that the women who eternally surround the Mary-statue didn't come with a "Buy Our Statue, Get an Aging Filipino!" deal. I know that the "Church-lady" is a person like the rest of us, chock full of her own doubts and insecurities, and yet -- the Church-lady is also a type, just like the 'hero,' 'celebrity,' or the 'starving artist.' I want to investigate the creature.The b … [Read more...]

On theism without religion and atheism with it

"Religion" is typically considered as a "belief system" or a "structure of beliefs and practices concerning the divine." It's a recent development in the meaning of the word, and it would have been foreign to, say, Aquinas, for whom religion was a virtue.A virtue is the perfection of a power of the soul, or, in modern parlance, an excellence of the human person. We see a height of humanity in courageous actions, a greatness we are all capable of. We admire courage, not as something for just … [Read more...]

Creationism Is Materialism’s Creation

I take Frederich Nietzsche quite seriously when he says, "when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you," and thus I did not, nor ever will watch the recent debate between Bill Nye The Science Guy and Ken Ham The Creation Man. There are things in this world too depressing for people desperate to maintain some sense of hope regarding humanity, its direction, and capacity for truth.Nevertheless, I want to take this opportunity to point out that, far sooner than any creationist … [Read more...]

God and gods

It seems apparent to me that, if the atheist wishes to disprove or otherwise snub his empirically verifiable nose at the idea of God, he ought to be sure that knows what the word "God" refers to. David Bentley Hart makes this one of the central propositions of his book "The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss," where he contends that "the more scrutiny one accords [the God Debate] the more evident it becomes that often the contending parties are not even talking about the same thing; … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t You Naked?

I'm curious as to why man is in the habit of wearing clothes, when no other animal has been spotted with even the smallest, most insignificant of socks.We could say it's the fault of the cold, but humans wear clothes at the Equator.We could take a Darwinian tactic and argue that clothes are hygienic -- and thus the people who wore clothes outlived and out-reproduced those who ran young, wild and free -- but this assumes too much. A soiled rag around the crotch seems far less healthy than … [Read more...]

Scientism’s Aching Need to Make Suicide Inevitable

Evolution is not, contrary to the Internet, an idea spontaneously generated from the cranium of Dear Darwin. It has existed since the Greeks, and was well phrased by Capital Kant, who stated: "an orang-outang or a chimpanzee may develop the organs which serve for walking, grasping objects, and speaking-in short, that lie may evolve the structure of man, with an organ for the use of reason, which shall gradually develop itself by social culture."The Christian who denies the reality of e … [Read more...]

A Similarity Between Atheists and Christians

Let us grant the atheistic assumption that all humans are destined for non-being. There is nothing after death, only the absence of existence. Is it possible for man to conceive of this -- non-being and pure absence? Is it possible for man to grasp what it means to be a corpse? Try. Conceive of Nothingness. Think on non-being.Did you think of a large expanse of black? Try again, for you've thought of a large expanse of black, which is something. Of white? Nope, still something. Did you think … [Read more...]

Why Heaven Makes Sense

I wouldn't mind not believing in Heaven. The ancient Jews managed to do it, which is in itself a testimony to the validity of their religion: The most strict, most terrifying moral code in human history was followed without any promise of eternal reward. (If religion is the opium of the people, we are a masochistic people smoking some godawful opium.)But no matter how hard I try to conceptualize a merely finite life -- a life without Heaven -- I find myself contradicting human experience. If … [Read more...]

How to suck at your religion

Oh dear. Matthew Inman of the marvelous web-comic, The Oatmeal, seems to have experienced that exquisite twitch all modern atheists are doomed to experience -- the I-know-what's-best-for-you-silly-religious-people-come-heed-me spasm. This particular train of thought requires the thinker ignore the vast majority of Christian belief -- which is entrenched in reason -- and focus solely on minority caricatures of the creationist or the wailing-out evangelical, caricatures firmly established and gro … [Read more...]